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How to Make a Composter | Full-Time Kid

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Turn any plastic bottle into your own DIY composter! Compost is a great way to think sustainably in your kitchen and turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

The Hidden Perils of Permafrost | Deep Look

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For thousands of years, mysterious bacteria have remained dormant in the Arctic permafrost. Now, a warming climate threatens to bring them back to life. What does that mean for the rest of us?

The Decreasing Effectiveness of Antibiotics

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Explore the public health implications of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, in this video from FRONTLINE: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria. Two doctors explain that, while antibiotics have helped protect people from infections since becoming widely available after World War II, this unique class of drugs is losing its effectiveness from overuse. The more exposure bacteria have to an antibiotic, the more likely they will develop resistance to the antibiotic. Because as much as half of all antibiotic use in the United States is either unnecessary or inappropriate, more and more people may die of infections that were once easily treatable. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE collection.

How Ebola Kills | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 4

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Meet Alhassan Kemokai, an Ebola virus survivor from Sierra Leone, as he tells the story of his battle with the brutal disease. Kemokai caught Ebola while caring for his mother when she contracted the virus. For this reason, some call Ebola a disease of love: it transmits while people care for their ailing loved ones. 

Secrets of Sourdough | QUEST

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Breadmaking is both a science and an art. Learn about the science of fermentation and discover how the process of making sourdough bread is unique in this QUEST video from KQED.

How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood | Deep Look

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Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal in the world uses six needle-like mouth parts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Poop | Science Spotlight

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Many diseases are spread through some of the microbes that live in our digestive system. This isn't really a problem for people in developed countries, where their sewage plants take the waste and treat it so that it becomes harmless, but for developing countries, where if sewage isn't properly handled, it can become a threat to the whole community. Engineers are working on a tool that kills these harmful microbes before the water is released for human consumption. 

Career Connections | Environmental Scientist

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Meet an environmental researcher who discovered as a young child his interest in the environment and now works to improve natural ecosystems in southeastern Ohio.

O. Max Gardner Award: Dr. Ben Bahr?UNC-TV Science

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Dr. Ben Bahr, a professor at UNC-Pembroke, won the UNC System’s Oliver Max Gardner award for his research on neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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